America's on-again / off-again love affair with Iran's Nuclear Program

Above is an advertisement for America's nuclear industry, from the 1970s.

Seyed Hossein Mousavian is currently in the United States as a visiting scholar at Princeton University and gave a public lecture at Princeton, reviewing the Iranian nuclear issue and offering his thoughts on how the current impasse might be resolved.

 In his lecture, Mousavian noted a critical bit of history: Iran’s nuclear program started under the Shah, with considerable U.S. assistance and input—even though the Shah said openly that he was out to acquire nuclear weapons. As he put it, “if the Shah had not been overthrown by the Islamic Revolution in 1979, and were in power today, Iran would have a large nuclear arsenal. The West thus owes a debt of gratitude to the Islamic Republic because Iran has neither produced a nuclear bomb nor diverted its nuclear program toward military purposes.” 

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